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Video Installation Exhibition on Self-Immolation in Tibet


Documentary filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam's exhibition on self-immolations opened at the prestigious Khoj Studios in New Delhi on December 10, 2015.

The installation titled, "Burning Against the Dying of the Light" was of short edited video films on the issue of Tibet, particularly on 149 self-immolations that have taken place in Tibet, Nepal, and India.

"We wanted people not just to look at the horror, but also have some understanding and comprehension, and leave with something more than just horrible images," says Ritu Sarin.

The installations is built around a large rotating Buddhist prayer wheel. Unlike a typical Buddhist prayer wheel, it consists of its bare armature, ringed by metal bars, and embedded in a circle around its skeletal circumference are a number of tablets, each screen playing videos of the self-immolations as they were originally filmed.

"This prayer wheel is both a tribute to the courage of the activists and a grim reminder of the cause they died for," says Tenzing Sonam.

Apart from video films there were mixed-media installations of audio and photographs. The exhibition will be on view till December 31, 2015.

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